Board President Louis Petrucci said at board meeting.g tonight: "We are going to bring on Dr. Brown as a per diem consultant until such time that we can approve her employment contract. Goal we've set is July 11 to have contract approved by the board. She'll be in next week," as Mary Pasciak Buffalo News education Blogger reported tonight.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Buffalo school teachers in buildings across district voted on a teacher evaluation plan acceptable to the state education department bureaucrats.
The state stopped SIG funds back in January when the district and union had not sent an "approvable" teacher evaluation plan they had signed off on in the previous SIG application for Race to the Top funds.
The new plan similar to the one written in March includes provisions for allowing teachers extra points as much as 2, to compensate for second language students and the attendance of severely absent students added to the elementary schools not just secondary as previously agreed.
As a result, state released $5.6 million SIG funds that has to be used by June 30th.
"At this time, [the state] is allowing [the district] the ability to carry over funds to support summer activities only," he said. "When [the district] has an approved [teacher-evaluation] agreement for 2012-13, the district may apply to carry over the remaining funds into the 2012-13 school year."
That plan has to be in place by July 1.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Among the major population groups in the nation's schools, the largest one-year gain in the graduation rate was among Latino students. According to a special analysis conducted by the EPE Research Center for Diplomas Count, the graduation rate for Latino students grew by an impressive 5.5 percentage points from the class of 2008 to the class of 2009, rising to 63 percent. By comparison, the percentage of African-American students graduating increased by 1.7 percentage points, to 59 percent, while the graduation rates for Asian-American and Native American students dropped slightly for the 2009 class. But Latinos' 63 percent graduation rate is still far short of the national average—and farther still from non-Hispanic white students' average graduation rate. And, despite some success in recent years at narrowing the gap separating them from white students on national tests of reading, mathematics, and science, Latino students' performance on those tests also falls below the national average.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Mary Pasciak Buffalo News blogger commented at the School Board committee meetings tonight,
"the board can discuss the candidates during an executive session of a meeting. But the board cannot reach a decision in executive session or in private. Decisions must be made in public, according to Bob Freeman of the Committee on Open Government."
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Her background stands out from the other candidates, having obtained a doctorate from Harvard University, and experienced in large urban public schools such as chief academic officer in the Philadelphia schools.
But what places her ahead of the other finalist all being well-qualified to be superintendent is her experience serving on a negotiation team in the Philadelphia schools where a fair contract had been negotiated according to Jerry T. Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.
Jordan described Brown in a Buffalo News story as "smart, serious and focused." He added how veteran teachers "...found her "quiet knowledgeable and felt she was comfortable in their presence when she visited classrooms." That Dr. Brown, "...didn't interrupt...wasn't overbearing or officious.
Buffalo teachers have been without a contract since 2004, the last one negotiated in 1999 and teachers anxiously await a superintendent that is considerate of their point of view and experienced in contract negotiation. Dr. Pamela C. Brown no doubt stands out from the other two finalist in this area.
This blogger engaged her in a conversation in Spanish and found her to have native language fluency.
The other two finalist, interim Super Amber Dixon is a formidable candidate has done an extraordinary job as interim especially ensuring Albany released funds to the PLA schools it denied back in December and for hammering out an "approvable" teacher evaluation plan with the union for the Albany bureaucrats. Likewise, Dr.Edward Newsome, Jr had impressive credentials as well. But Dr. Brown stands out in both her credentials, professional administrative experience and her background in bilingual education and multilingual education well suited for the Buffalo schools. The last school she served as chief academic officer in Philadelphia had 180,000 students almost mirrors the ethnic demographic enrollment of the Buffalo City School District.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Also, there were questions about the pace of the search between interviews, a 13 day span for selecting a candidate to lead a district where few students graduate. There has been criticism of Say Yes and Cascade, the consultants involved in the search for not presenting stronger candidates only two the third interim Amber Dixon. And no Latinos in the mixed of finalist considering its a growing population with the lowest graduation and highest drop out rates troubling. Yet, Dixon has scored points, strengthening her candidacy by presiding over a successful teacher evaluation plan with the Buffalo Teachers Federation. And Pasciak cited a group of local prominent supporters for Dixon from Erie 1 BOCES Superintendent Donald A. Ogilvie; BTF president Philip Rumore; and Regent Robert M. Bennett. Yet, officials in the state Ed Dept are more critical criticising Dixon for stalling the teacher evaluation plan with Rumore to influence the Board selection of a new superintendent.
The last finalist interviewed on Tuesday, a decision made later in the evening. The public invited to meet Dr. Pamela Brown at 6 pm at Waterfront School.